So for the last few months I've been trying to do more of a pantry challlenge and using what I've got before adding more. I seem to be spending on a month to month base anywhere for $300-$500 a month. I'm pretty strict with my budget and so I don't think I'm splurging on items (except for blueberries last month (ds loves them, but I bought them on sale) and avacados (also on sale though). This is an example of a couple of items I only get on a good sale.
I also make a point to stock up on items when they are on sale, like chicken, cold cereals, crackers, coffee, bread. Things that I can freeze or store that have fairly high prices at full price.
I think in the long run it's helping me save money but it makes it hard to track the budget on a month to month basis. Some months I feel like I've done great at keeping the grocery budget down and then other times feel like I must have blown it.
Also I might be making a run to Costco with a friend (nearest Costco is 45 miles) and she has a membership. So I'm sure I'll drop a $200-$300 easy on items for the year (olive oil, contact solution, toilet paper, coffee and raw sugar are my staples there) If you build a pantry how do you build this into your budget tracking?
Just wondering if others experience this and how you track it. Groceries are really the only place I can fudge with our monthly budget and save.